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Hold back official intelligence after leader's deposed (7)


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'hold back' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'official intelligence after leader's deposed' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'official' could be 'ref' (match official in football, say) and 'ref' is located in the answer.
The remaining letters 'rain' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for refrain that I've seen before include "Desist, abstain" , "Kindly desist - from song?" , "Words repeated after verses" , "Do without" , "Chorus of a song" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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